Australia's National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Practitioners: A National Approach to Polycentric Regulation?

Sydney Law Review, Vol 40, No. 2, 2018

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 18/47

24 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2018 Last revised: 28 Dec 2019

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Belinda Bennett

Queensland University of Technology

Terry Carney AO

The University of Sydney Law School

Mary Chiarella

The University of Sydney - Sydney Nursing School

Merrilyn Walton

The University of Sydney - School of Public Health

Patrick Kelly

The University of Sydney - School of Public Health

Claudette Satchell

The University of Sydney - Sydney Nursing School

Fleur Beaupert

Independent

Date Written: August 8, 2018

Abstract

This article analyses the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (‘NRAS’) for Australian health practitioners that commenced in July 2010. The article argues that the Scheme represents not only an interesting case study in the development of a national approach to regulation within a federal legal system, but also an example of polycentric regulation given the complex and multilayered nature of health practitioner regulation in Australia. The article analyses the NRAS within the broader regulatory context for health practitioner regulation and the administration of public regulation more generally, and explores the challenges posed by polycentric regulation within a federal system.

Keywords: health complaints, polycentric regulation, health practitioner, national scheme

JEL Classification: K10, K30, I18

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Belinda and Carney AO, Terry and Chiarella, Mary and Walton, Merrilyn and Kelly, Patrick and Satchell, Claudette and Beaupert, Fleur, Australia's National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Practitioners: A National Approach to Polycentric Regulation? (August 8, 2018). Sydney Law Review, Vol 40, No. 2, 2018, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 18/47, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3228360

Belinda Bennett

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

Terry Carney AO (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Mary Chiarella

The University of Sydney - Sydney Nursing School ( email )

88 Mallett Street
Camperdown, NSW 2050
Australia

Merrilyn Walton

The University of Sydney - School of Public Health ( email )

The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Patrick Kelly

The University of Sydney - School of Public Health ( email )

The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Claudette Satchell

The University of Sydney - Sydney Nursing School ( email )

88 Mallett Street
Camperdown, NSW 2050
Australia

Fleur Beaupert

Independent ( email )

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